Citi Field to host the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The home of the New York Mets, Citi Field will play host to the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star game on July 16. The announcement was made by Commissioner Bud Selig. He was accompanied by Mets owner Fred Wilpon and the mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg.
According to the Associated Press, the last time the Mets hosted an All-Star game was in 1964. That was the year Shea Stadium opened. The New York Yankees hosted the game back in 2008, as it was the final season played in the old Yankee Stadium.
The decision to have the game at Citi Field was made about four years ago, but Major League Baseball and the city had to make sure everything was in order and agreements with the city were made. The All-Star FanFest was one of those events that had to be agreed upon. According to the New York Times, the Mets financial troubles were not part of the process that delayed the announcement.
This year the game will be held at Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. The 2014 All-Star Game is expected to be held at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
The New York City area has much to look forward to. WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium on April 7, 2013 and the 2014 SuperBowl will also be held there. The trio of events will excite many New York sports fans.